68. How to Deliver a Scripted Speech

When the Words Count

Microsoft PowerPoint, the graphic medium of choice for today’s presentations and speeches, has also come to serve as a “script” or a prompt for the speaker’s narrative. This convention gives the speaker the liberty to depart from the slides by either going deep or touching lightly on the main points as needed. However, there are several situations where the words in a speech must be more specific, where the “script” loses its quotation marks and becomes a prescribed text.

Legal. A speaker having to make a public statement about a legal matter will use words carefully crafted by attorneys.

Policy. A speaker having to make a statement about a controversial or sensitive issue will use ...

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